Mark Littmann's focus is science writing and writing about astronomy. He directs the Science Communication program, teaches three different science-writing courses, and serves as program chairman for the UT Science Forum. His books for nonscientists, including Totality: Eclipses of the Sun, Planets Beyond: Discovering the Outer Solar System, The Heavens on Fire: The Great Leonid Meteor Storms, and Comet Halley: Once in a Lifetime, have won national prizes. He can address the total eclipse of the sun coming on August 21, 2017, other astronomy subjects, and science writing as great literature. Prior to moving to academia, he spent eighteen years as the director of the Hansen Planetarium in Salt Lake City. He wrote and produced thirty-five planetarium programs, some of which are still performed worldwide. He has a bachelor's degree in chemistry and literature from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master's degree in creative writing from Hollins College, and a doctorate in English from Northwestern University.
Topics of expertise: Astronomy and the history of astronomy, writing about science for the general public, science writing as literature, history of science, teaching science, and science writing